Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons people avoid going to the dentist. While some people may worry about experiencing discomfort, for others, their anxiety stems from a fear of having their mouths examined. With sedation dentistry, our dentist can help you feel calmer and more at ease during your appointment.
Sedation dentistry uses medications to help patients relax during their dental treatment. It is especially useful for patients who are feeling anxious about their dental treatment, those who have a strong gag reflex, and those who are too sensitive for routine treatment. It is also sometimes used very commonly during oral surgery procedures.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, has been the primary method used in sedation dentistry for many years. Patients are given a mask to wear before treatment, allowing them to breathe in the nitrous oxide. In just a few minutes, patients feel calm and relaxed. Once they are relaxed, we begin dental treatment.
Oral sedation is a medication that is taken as a pill or liquid. It is a moderate form of sedation and can help patients experience relaxation during their dental visits. Oral sedation is sometimes referred to as “conscious sedation.”
With this sedation option, patients can resume normal activities after their dental visit.
IV sedation is the most effective form of sedation, as it puts the patient into a deep state of relaxation. IV sedation may cause temporary amnesia, allowing the patients to not even remember their procedure.
In rare cases, general anesthesia is used in sedation dentistry. If the patient suffers from severe anxiety or is receiving multiple treatments, general anesthesia may be recommended.
Local anesthesia is injected directly into the treated area. It numbs the tissues around the point of injection. There are various types of local anesthesia, each designed for a specific purpose or area of the mouth.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe procedure that can help keep patients comfortable during their treatment. There are many different types of sedation options, including oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Our dentist in Torrance will work with you to determine which sedation method is best for your needs and budget.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our Torrance dentist by calling Nishikawa Family Dentistry at (310) 543-1655 or visiting us at 3556 Torrance Boulevard, Suite C, Torrance, CA 90503.